停工 / Halt in Production
160 x 270 x 450 cm
Rebar, recycled clothing, selvage, and other mixed media
A Truku who grew up in Wanrong Township of Hualien, Labay has had an inseparable connection with the quarry industry. One of former President Chiang Ching-kuo’s ten major projects turned Hualien into a leading site of Taiwan’s stone industry as part of a plan to turn the export of raw and processed stone into a massive pillar of the economy managed by state-owned enterprises. Most of the quarries were in regions inhabited by indigenous people, and they had no alternative but to work as laborers in the industry as it became the only legal means of making a living in the area. It’s not necessarily wrong to remove rocks from the mountains, and they might even be used to create beauty, but it’s a loss for the mountains nonetheless. With a vocabulary of soft sculpture and installation, the artist gives a voice to the pillaged, changed scenery.
Labay Eyong 林介文
Labay Eyong, a Truku from the Ihownang community, graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona with a master’s in temporary space design. Her forte is integrating weaving with metalwork in exploring and reflecting on the expansion and decline of the significance of traditional culture within contemporary life.She won the top Pulima Arts Award In 2014 and 2016, and the Environmental Integration Award and Best Creativity Award at the Public Art Awards in 2016.